KEVIN KISNER had a superb final round at the Greenbriers to get my selection into a four-way play-off but unfortunately he couldn’t pull off the win.
However, the 35-1 shot gave me a place as did Francesco Molinari who finished in the top six in the French Open.
Now it’s off to sunny East Lothian this week for the Scottish Open where I’ll be enoying the action in the company of Mr Fixit and hopefully soaking up the rays and landing a few winners.
You won’t be able to turn on the wonderful Gullane course without seeing some of Europe and America’s finest golfers, including 10 of the 2014 Ryder Cup teams including Justin Rose, Victor Dubuisson, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Unfortunately Rory McIlroy will be absent due to a ruptured ankle ligament playing football with friends. Some friends they are …
Anyway now for the hard part of picking a winner. Thongchai Jaidee had a commendable T10 finish in the Irish Open where the weather wasn’t that great.
With two T2s this year and a handful of top 10s the 45-year-old is having a great season and just needs a win to top it off. His short game is good with a 68.7% stat for GIR and is third in putts per GIR (21.1 putts) and 5th in putts per round (28.2).
Tommy Fleetwood’s only win to date is at Gleneagles in 2013 and he has has top-five finishes in three of the last four Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so must like Scotland and links golf.
The 24-year-old Englishman has had two top-10 finishes in six outings and is one to watch out for. He has a 73.6% stat for GIR and although his putting hasn’t been great there did seem to be an improvement the last time out.
James Morrison hasn’t done much wrong over the past couple of months, winning the Open de Espana and being runner-up in the Open de France. Maybe he can do the business again in the Open d’Escocia. His GIR is 66.3%, 45th in putts per GIR (21 putts) and 40th in putts per round (29.2).
I’m going to give Rafa Cabrera Bello another chance this week. He is one of the form men on the European Tour at the moment with three top fives and two top 13s in his last five outings. He’s fifth in GIR (74%) and although his putting isn’t the best (putts per GIR is 24.3).
He finished fourth in the Irish Open, where the weather played a big part, and it might do again this week.
Over on the PGA Tour the John Deere Classic is the last chance for some members to win a starting place at The Open. In his last eight starts Kisner has been in a play-off three times and 12th in the US Open. He has also been under par in all but four of his last 33 rounds and two of them were in the US Open, that’s some scoring.
Jordan Spieth is an obvious favourite but Kisner is going to be in the mix on Sunday.
Last week I was watching Justin Thomas who was playing well until the 10th on the final day. It all fell apart with a double bogey, bogey and quadruple bogey in the last nine holes.
There could be quite a few birdies and eagles this week and Thomas is 11th and 10th in the lists so a small wager might pay dividends.
Please note McBookie are paying seven places on the Scottish Open, one quarter the odds a place.
Thongchai Jaidee 1pt ew (40-1, Ladbrokes, McBookie)
Tommy Fleetwood 1pt ew (45-1, bet365)
James Morrison 1pt ew (50-1, McBookie, bet365)
Rafa Cabrera Bello 1pt ew (50-1, McBookie, Coral)
Kevin Kisner 2pts ew (20-1, Ladbrokes)
Justin Thomas 1pt ew (40-1, 888sport, Betfred)
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